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Citi FM’s Richard Sky Sues Parliament Over Passage of Anti-LGBTQ Bill

The lawsuit comes in the wake of many concerns raised by civil society, and the international community around the problematic nature of the bill.

Citi Fm journalist, Richard Dela Sky has taken legal action against Parliament over its passage of the anti-LGBTQ Bill last week.

In a filing today, March 5, at the Supreme Court, Sky, who’s also a lawyer argues that the bill violates several articles of Ghana’s Constitution, therefore urging the country’s highest court to make a pronouncement for its nullity.

“The Speaker of Parliament contravened Article 108 (a) (ii) of the Constitution, by admitting and allowing Parliament to proceed upon and pass the ‘Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill 2024,’ into law as the same imposes a charge upon the Consolidated Fund or other public funds of Ghana,” parts of the lawsuit reads.

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He also wants the court to make an order to the President to not sign the bill into law, arguing further that Parliament exceeded its powers when it allowed its passage.

The lawsuit comes in the wake of many concerns raised by civil society, and the international community around the problematic nature of the bill.

Recently, the Finance Ministry urged President Akufo-Addo to put on hold the signing of the bill over economic implications for the country.

But the President himself has made public comments regarding whether he is going to put a final seal of approval to the bill or not. While speaking with members of the Diplomatic Corps at Peduase in the Eastern Reion, Nana Akufo-Addo said he would await a legal verdict from the Supreme Court before deciding to sign the bill or not.

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